17 of My Favorite Articles About Writing Job Descriptions [Great HR Data!]

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I’ve written what I hope you find useful content on job descriptions (see job description articles,  job ad articles and our free Job Descriptions Guide. But there are so many awesome articles out there written by others. And I love giving shout-outs where they’re due. Here are my favorite articles on job descriptions, job postings and job ads. 17… Read more »

10 of the Best Job Descriptions in 2019

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Best Job Descriptions 2019 Cover

If you look at the best job descriptions (below) you’ll notice a pattern. Most have: Multi-Column Format — Easier to read. That’s why most magazines and newspapers use them! Good Employer Branding — Consistent color, font and perhaps even corporate messaging (especially helpful if a candidate comes from a job board and hasn’t seen the… Read more »

8 Key Steps of a Job Description Text Analyzer

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Are you shopping for job description text analysis software? Some recruiting leaders want this augmented writing tool because of the ROI they enable on hiring quality/diverse applicants (e.g. one client boosted their applicant to phone screen conversion from 5% to 17%; another saw a 4X increase in diversity and inclusion hiring). If you are looking,… Read more »

6 Ways to Avoid Age Bias in Your Job Descriptions

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Older Woman Grocery Worker

U.S. Employers paid $240 million in age bias lawsuits since 2000, according to a survey by GoodJobsFirst.org. Note: Most age discrimination lawsuits relate to The Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA) which forbids age discrimination against people who are age 40 or older. It does not protect workers under the age of 40, although some states… Read more »

10 Easy Ways to Boost a Job Ad’s Apply Rate

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The apply rate for job ads is one of the most important recruitment metrics. An average of 11 people who visit your job ad end up applying. 11% convert and the rest of the 89% leave. But I’ve seen the apply rate pop up to 60%+ with the right tweaks (see below). Note: Special thanks to… Read more »

5 Examples of Greenhouse ATS Job Page Overlays

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If you’re a customer of the awesome Greenhouse Software ATS, you may be looking for ways to enhance your job pages. Remember what James Ellis of The Talent Cast said about ATS’s: “Applicant tracking systems were never meant to be pretty (external), they were meant to help manage workflows (internal)”. A default, out-of-the-box Greenhouse job page might… Read more »

5 Ways to Avoid “Crapplications”

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My head of TA friend Marnie (name changed to protect her identity) told me this before agreeing to do business together: “Rob, I want more pipeline, but the last thing I want are more “crapplications”. By “crapplications”, Marnie meant that she didn’t want crappy (low-quality) applications. Crappy applications are often worse than having no applications at… Read more »

5 Creative Things to Add to Your Job Ads

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If your job ad doesn’t stand out, neither will you. Here are 5 ideas you might not have thought of. Enjoy. 1. Employer Branding Tab A lot of employers talk about their employer brand. Dutch clothing manufacturer Hunkemöller has actually written it into their job descriptions. Candidates click the middle tab (see below) and get a… Read more »

7 Examples of Unconscious Bias in Job Descriptions

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The examples of unconscious bias in job descriptions are rampant. I’ve included 7 of them below. The bad news: your job postings likely have some bias. The good news: it’s easily fixed. You can eliminate unconscious bias job descriptions manually or through Ongig’s Text Analyzer software. What is unconscious bias? An easy definition of unconscious… Read more »

10 of the Best Job Descriptions in 2018

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Note: Here is the updated post for best job descriptions of 2019. ——————————————————————————————————————————————————— Here’s a shout-out to 10 of the best job descriptions for 2018. They grab the candidate’s attention and engage them. Note: Check out our free Job Descriptions Guide — it tells you everything we know about JDs, job ads and the like! And… Read more »